Ashley Chase is merging the resources and styles of two islands – Martha’s Vineyard and Bali – to create her new bathing suit line.

Simone McCarthy

Need a little inspiration for some early season fun? Here are five ideas for the months of May and June.

Simone McCarthy

There comes a time at the end of a long Vineyard summer when the weather loses its sparkle, friends and cousins have all gone home, and kids grow restless. Parents have grown weary of making sandwiches, searching for dry towels, and making another trek to the beach in the fog. The children have been to the Flying Horses in Oak Bluffs and Gus Ben David’s World of Reptiles in Edgartown. They’ve read all the library books about Geronimo Stilton and Captain Underpants.

Betsy Campbell

The long arms of Martha’s Vineyard seem to reach across the globe. In the case of PeaceQuilts, those arms extend to Lilavois – on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The PeaceQuilts project originated when Jeanne Staples, of Edgartown, traveled to Haiti in 2006 to set up a women’s cooperative for making quilts.

Elaine Pace

It’s just about 11:15 p.m. in the middle of March in the middle of Chilmark. But this sleepy town is not ready to shut down for the night.

Julia Rappaport

Jules Feiffer has been called witty, urbane, irreverent, subversive, acidic, sophisticated, wry, arcane, and a left-wing radical. And that was by people who like him.

Karla Araujo

Cousen Rose Gallery, the beige Victorian cottage at the upper end of Circuit Avenue, looks inviting. Unlike most galleries, it has a courtyard with a worktable for children, as well as paintings, pottery, photography, prints, jewelry, and books. Inviting has always been part of Zita Cousens’s plan for her business, which celebrates thirty years in business this summer.

Brooks Robards

The sometimes sparkling and sometimes muddy waters of live music on the Island run deep, and like the wake that follows every departing ferry, it seems there are always a couple of questions churning up. At the end of last summer we wondered, would Outerland really close? Would there be any outdoor festivals in 2009, given the economy and the financial losses of 2008’s WVVY-radio fundraiser festival in Aquinnah and the larger, high-tech, high-ticket Martha’s Vineyard Music Festival at Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs?

Linda Black